G.E. To Formally Close Jonesboro Plant

NOVEMBER 9, 2004 - Posted at 3:24 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Corporate officials with the General Electric corporation contacted K8 News this afternoon, informing the newsroom of the company's plans to formally close the Jonesboro plant in November of 2005.

According to a release issued by the company, "Due to a continuing decline in sales of the appliance fan motors made at GE Consumer & Industrial's Jonesboro production facility, the business today informed Jonesboro union officials and employees of the intent to close the plant in November 2005."

The Jonesboro plant manufactures motors for commercial and refrigeration applications.  The facility currently has 45 employees.  At peak production in the early to mid 1970s, the facility was one of the top employers in Jonesboro, with as many as 1,100 workers on staff.  The plant opened in 1954.

Plant manager Ron Andresevic said, "This announcement is difficult to make, but it is necessary, as the loss of most of our orders has left us with no other options.  Orders have steadily decreased in recent years as customers have moved to other technology and lower-cost suppliers.  Our plant will experience about $2.4 million in operating losses in 2004, and it does not make good business sense to continue operations that are losing money."